Thursday, May 28, 2015

Snapshots of life

Life can sometimes be very hard. Our days are full of high expectations and short deadlines. This week our schedule has been brutal. Mike has had evening events every single night. We have been in survival mode counting down the days until summer. This week at our Challenger baseball game one of the volunteers, Matt, captured this photo that has made us all smile. This is Mikey who had just gotten a hit and is running to first base.That fist pump and huge smile make me want to weep. Challenger baseball has been such a blessing in my life this year and this awesome picture of Mikey is a snapshot of the joy of the season.
My dad, pops, has been down to visit us this week. My mom is on a trip with some friends so pops came to visit. It has been a blessing since Mike has been gone so much. Pops brought us this golf cart from the lake and the kids are loving it. I love seeing my children together outside! Listening to the giggles as they cruise on the golf cart brings me such joy
This is my final snapshot of the lake before leaving the other day. My grandmother was giving me some of the lawn furniture from the lake after it sold, so I went and visited briefly, got my furniture, and said goodbye. It felt like a punch in the stomach to say goodbye to a place that meant so much to me. Extended family drama can be so hard .

Pops , Kyle, and myself have worked hard around the house to make room for all the new furniture and to work on my landscaping. I am desperate to teach Kyle a strong work ethic so he learned to mulch!
At the Challenger game the other night David got a huge hit! He was so excited because…
His teacher and her husband came to watch his game!! Everything he did he yelled out to the crowd " for you Mrs. storie!"  This snapshot touches my heart to think that God has blessed David with a teacher who would take her time during a busiest time of year to come to his game. 
Today I was blessed and got to go on a kindergarten field trip today with my best girl. It was a wonderful field trip to hungry mother for all the kindergartners. Here are Colton and hope fishing together. Hope has had a wonderful kindergarten year with a super sweet and special teacher. 
The children on the field trip got to do different stations and here is hope with the local legend Miss Carrie who got in the creek with the children and helped them catch things and identify them. My girl caught a crawl dad and was so excited! All local folks know what a gem Carrie sparks is!

After a long day outside on the field trip, hope was too tired and complained about going to ballet tonight. I made her go because Chautauqua  festival is coming up and she needed to practice her dances.!On the way home from ballet we were on a standstill on the interstate due to a bad wreck. I looked up in my mirror and saw these two cute ballerinas whispering about something pretty important. It touched me so much that after two boys Misti and I both were blessed with these precious girls. I know when they're all grown up teenagers, it will no longer be cool to ride to ballet with mom. I treasure these days with these "hot messes" ❤️

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Welcome summer

This preschool teacher is officially on summer break! The boys are officially done with SOL test! We still have a few more days of school but most of the stress is behind us.
we had the sweetest preschool graduation Thursday night. Hope wanted to go to watch her BFF Sydney graduate from preschool. Sydney and Hope have been together at preschool for many years since they both started attending while merely toddlers themselves. The Robinson and Pugh girls have made a lot of precious memories at preschool over the years. With both of our girls going to kindergarten it is the end of an era.

Our little girl is obsessed with reading. This makes me so happy because I too am a book nerd. We go to the library several times a week to get new books and recently she has started reading some beginner chapter books. It made me smile to turn around in the car and see hope and David reading books in the car.
It was another baseball weekend. Kyle really loves the other guys on the team. I love seeing the boys huddle up win or lose, put their arms around each other and pray.

While the boys play baseball the girls play cards.

Kyle had a baseball game this afternoon so he had to wear his uniform to church to work the projector. I am so thankful to be in a church that matters more that you are attending than what you're wearing to worship ❤️ Kyle loves being part of the praise team by running the computer during worship.

We have had a full weekend of holiday fun, but we have taken some time to enjoy some family time on the deck in the evenings. Love this picture of Mike and our two youngest. Welcome summer!! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Photo Dump

The sun is out and the temperature is rising here in beautiful Southwest Virginia. As the year winds down we have been going full throttle trying to fit everything in.
Here is David with his sweet teacher Mrs. storie. One night David was procrastinating going to sleep and after we fussed On him several times for not obeying and going right to bed he burst into tears and started crying that the next day was his teacher's birthday and he wanted to get her some flowers.  The next day he took her some flowers ❤️.
this past week was our last week of after school at church.  Wednesday afternoons are one of the highlights of my week as we teach almost 50 children each week about Jesus. To celebrate a wonderful year we had a picnic and play time at Hungry mother state park. Hope is wearing her birthday crown from school because her teacher celebrated her summer birthday early before school got out.
I am so thankful my children have so many Christian friends to church.
David with sweet Jack. Clearly David did not use his napkin because he has  pizza sauce All over his face!! 
After the picnic at hungry mother for the church we then had a Challenger baseball game. Not only has it been a joy to watch David participate as a player but it has also been amazing to watch Kyle and hope participate as buddies for the players.
Here is hope and one of her girlfriends from school helping adorable and amazing Mikey play ball.  This young man has such determination and an amazing smile ❤️
Saturday for the Challenger baseball game David and Caroline saying the national anthem. ❤️ there really are not enough words to explain how awesome Challenger baseball has been.
Saturday night we went as a family to relay for life. This is Stephanie posing with David and she too had cancer as a child and was treated at UVA. A doctor and a few nurses that treated her as a child are still at UVA!! What a treat to see both Stephanie and David wearing their survivor T-shirts
Here is the bag that someone purchased in honor of David. Relay for life is pretty emotional for me. It still blows me away that we had a child that fought cancer.
Today was the second half of a baseball tournament that Kyle has been in this weekend. Kyle's bat was on fire this weekend and he racked up three triples!! He has really struggled with this confidence lately and it was so nice to see my boy smiling on the field again.
He also got to pitch a little bit!! 

After four winning games our 13 U team won the championship! Here is the team sporting their rings with their hands on home  plate! 
I love that win or lose this team gives God the glory and begins and ends each game with prayer.